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first_imgA decision will be made on June 8 on whether the Test match between Australia and South Africa in November at Adelaide will be a day-night affair. The CEO of the South African Cricketers’ Association, Tony Irish told ESPNCricinfo that a decision will be reached in the next two days. South African players are yet to warm up to the idea of pink-ball Test cricket, but Cricket Australia (CA) is hopeful of the day-night match taking place in November. According to reports in Australian newspapers, South African players have changed their mind and are ready to play the scheduled day-night Test in Adelaide. However, a few weeks ago, top Proteas players like AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada were against the idea of playing a day-night Test. They have cited lack of practice with the pink ball but CA has offered to organise warm-up matches under lights. South Africa are also aiming for revival in Tests after dropping down to No.6 from No.1 and don’t want day-night games to hurt their climb up the rankings. Irish said that the players’ views should be respected and pointed out that Australian players too have concerns over playing Tests under lights. Australia and New Zealand were the first teams to play the inaugural day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval in November.last_img read more

first_imgJapanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of the Ethane Crystal, the world’s first very large ethane carrier (VLEC) which was built for Mumbai-based Reliance Industries Limited (Reliance), from South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).The 80,000 cbm Ethane Crystal is the first in a series of six VLECs ordered by Reliance from SHI in July 2014.Under the agreement signed in December 2014, MOL was appointed by Reliance to undertake site supervision of newbuilds and to be operator and ship manager of the vessels.Last month, the Ethane Crystal and its sister vessel, the Ethane Emerald, were inaugurated in Geoje, South Korea. The ships are said to be the largest VLECs ever built.Featuring a length of 227.85 meters and a width of 36.49 meters, the 57,494 dwt Ethane Crystal has membrane technology provided by French marine engineering company Gaztransport et Technigaz (GTT).The six ethane carriers will be used to transport ethane from the United States to India.With a market value of USD 97.12 million per ship, the remaining four VLECs being built for Reliance are scheduled for delivery in 2017, according to data provided by VesselsValue.last_img read more

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-U.S. officials were keeping an eye on Kanesatake, the Mohawk community at the centre of the Oka crisis, during the winter of 2004 following a failed, federal government-sponsored raid using dozens of First Nations police officers from other parts of Quebec, a U.S. State Department cable released by WikiLeaks shows.On Jan. 12, 2004, the 67 police officers descended on the community armed with submachine guns, automatic rifles, shotguns, a sniper rifle and thousands of rounds of ammunition bought with about $62,000 of federal taxpayer money.The raid ended in disaster after the police officers found themselves inside the local police headquarters trapped and surrounded by local community members.A January 14, 2004, cable sent from the U.S. consulate in Montreal, notes that the raid had the potential of major violence.Quoting from a conversation between Georges Beauchemin, the secretary-general of Quebec’s Public Security Ministry and U.S. Quebec City consul General Keogh-Fisher, it notes events were a trigger-pull away from turning bloody.“The situation in Kanesatake had been very dangerous, ‘with both sides armed and ready to shoot,’” the cable said. “However (Beauchemin) said that outside intervention by Quebec provincial police would have been seen as an invasion and ‘pushed good guys on the side of bad guys.’”The raid was planned by former Kanesatake Chief James Gabriel who had received $900,000 two months earlier from the federal Liberal government to fight “organized crime” in the community.Gabriel’s house was burned the ground that January day and he was forced to flee along with his family.Gabriel “was lucky to have escaped with his life,” the cable said, Beauchemin said the situation was a trigger-pull away from turning bloody, the cable said.Beauchemin then told Keogh-Fisher that the answer the situation in the community was a “more structured, efficient police organization which could produce evidence that will stand up in court in order that criminals in Kanesatake could be prosecuted,” according to the cable.Quebec’s public security minister at the time, Jacques Chagnon, managed to broker a deal allowing the trapped police officers to leave the community with an escort of Kahnawake Peacekeepers from the sister Mohawk community, which also sits near Montreal.The cable also wondered whether Quebec Premier Jean Charest was motivated to broker a quick end to the conflict because he was about to depart for Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum.“Cynics have suggested that Premier Charest was anxious to avert a major crisis before his trip to Davos…next week. He may have been reminded that the 1990 Oka stand-off received considerable negative publicity in Europe, where there is strong public sympathy and fascination for the culture and plight of North American native populations,” stated the cable.The cable, however, warned that a quick peace only pushed back the date of an inevitable show-down in Kanesatake.“While the Charest government’s intervention may have precluded a violent clash this week, the possibility remains that confrontations have only been deferred,” the cable stated.The botched raid caused considerable controversy as both the RCMP and the Quebec government distanced themselves from incident. The Quebec government said there was no need for it and the RCMP said the level of organized crime in Kanesatake was no different than anywhere else in the province.After it took power in Ottawa, the Conservative government launched an audit into the former Liberal government’s spending around the Kanesatake police force and the raid.The report, done by auditing firm Navigant Consulting, concluded that the federal Liberal government did not consult with the RCMP before the raid and were also told Quebec’s provincial police would not participate. The report found that the federal Public Safety department was warned the planned raid would trigger a violent reaction.The report also found that Indian Affairs channeled money to Gabriel for policing, even when there was no funding agreement, without consulting Treasury Board.The 2004 botched raid was a culmination of events that began after the tanks and soldiers left Kanesatake in 1990.Years after the Oka crisis, the federal government continued to explore ways to ensure a similar event never happened again.In 1994, it drew up then cancelled military plans to invade Kanesatake and its sister communities of Kahnawake and Akwesasne.In May 1999, Kingston OPP detained a man named Richard Walsh who had sensitive intelligence files in his possessions. Walsh had a rap sheet and had just finished a secret contract with the Kanesatake band as an undercover agent to dig up information on community members.He even posed as a Kanesatake police officer and obtained the military file of former Kanesatake police chief Tracy Cross from CFB Petawawa.Indian Affairs approved at least $25,000 in spending toward Walsh’s activities, according to a 2002 band council resolution calling for an inquiry into the Walsh affair.jbarrera@aptn.caThe cableDownload (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsIranian state-controlled television attacked Canada over its treatment of Indigenous people by using a Vancouver-based “human rights lawyer” who believes U.S. President Barack Obama visited Mars.Press TV, the Iranian state-controlled network, posted a video Wednesday under the title, “Harper govt incites genocide of Indigenous population.” The video featured an interview between a Press TV anchor and Alfred Lambremont Webre, who is identified as a human rights lawyer. A transcript of the interview was posted beneath the video.Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson and former Dakota Tipi chief Dennis Pashe were scheduled to land in Tehran Thursday to begin meetings with Iranian officials.Press TV has regularly posted columns and news stories about Canada and its treatment of Indigenous people, but the network seems to have stepped up the pace in the lead up to the arrival of Nelson and Pashe.The interview with Webre ranks as one of the most aggressive pieces against Canada aired by the network.“We have Canada constantly accusing Iran of human rights violations; in the United Nations it has been behind several resolutions against Iran but is there anyone to question Canada’s human rights violations?” said the Press TV anchor to begin his interview with Webre.Webre responds by saying he is a legal adviser with the so-called International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, which is run by Kevin Annett, a controversial defrocked United Church minister who has turned the Indian residential school issue into his life’s cause. Webre also said he’s involved with Annett’s group’s project to dig up a mass burial site outside former residential school in Brantford, Ont.“They have now come to light the remains of mass graves of First Nations children who were murdered as part of the residential school program,” said Webre. “That has been covered up by the current Harper administration, Harper government, and I do not call it the government of Canada; in fact, the Harper government calls it the Harper government not the government of Canada.”APTN has covered the grave site issue in the past. APTN Investigates will be airing new information on the grave site Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET.Webre also claimed he faced reprisals from the Canadian government after he appeared on Press TV to say the U.S. drone strikes in Yemen were against international law. In an interview with APTN National News, he claimed Canadian agents working with Canada Post ripped his Press TV cheques in half before delivering them to his home.“It was my belief that those cheques were torn in half as reprisals by agents of the government of Canada because of my being a war crimes correspondence for Press TV which is an agent of the government of Iran,” he said.Webre also said that this was not the first time he’s been a target of government agents. He also said he’s been under “time travel surveillance” by U.S. agents who brought a book he published in 2005 about a secret time travel program back to the year 1971.Webre’s main work, however, appears to be focused on exopolitics, which is the study of the interaction between world governments and alien civilizations. His 2005 book, Exopolitics: politics, government and law in the universe, was praised by former Canadian defence minister Paul Hellyer.“Alfred Lambremont Webre’s odyssey into the realm of life in the vast universe surrounding planet earth is indeed a fascinating journey if you read it with an open mind,” wrote Hellyer.Webre said he discovered that current U.S. President Obama visited Mars when he was 18 years-old and the U.S. has a secret military base on the Red Planet and operates a fleet of spaceships.“Since he was 18 years-old he was part of a secret CIA program and was given a 10,000 page threat-assessment of the Martian culture and he had to write an essay on that,” said Webre. “These are people who have been life-long trained in a very complex military-industrial complex.”Webre said he’s aware his research into alien life forms, secret government programs and time travel may be used to discredit his other work, including his role as an advisor to Annette’s tribunal.“Just because I am on the cutting edge of law and science doesn’t mean one cancels out the other,” he said. “Press TV doesn’t have a problem with it and they report the war crimes work I do. To me it is just a diversionary issue that I think intelligent readers will think, ‘what does that have to do with anything?’”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgSaudi Arabia rejects UN Security Council seat claiming the body being unable to deal with international conflicts.Saudi Arabia, elected as the non-permanent member for UN Security Council, on Friday rejected its seat, accusing the UN of being ineffective in dealing with international conflicts.In a statement released, Saudi Arabia, an advocate of foreign military intervention against Assad government said, “The kingdom sees that the method and work mechanism and the double standards in the Security Council prevent it from properly shouldering its responsibilities towards world peace.”Critics of the UN has long been target of criticisms of being ineffective in dealing with international conflicts, on which interests of permanent members are in conflict with each other. As for the Syria crisis, while the US, Britain and France advocated supporting the opposition, Russia and China opposed them.last_img read more

WAILUA, Hawaii — An effort to revive a Hawaii resort that hosted Elvis in its heyday has collapsed due to financial difficulties.The Garden Island reported Tuesday that the project to redevelop the former Coco Palms resort fell apart after developers defaulted on $11.2 million in financing.Two Utah-based companies that backed the project by Coco Palms Hui, LLC, say the ruins of the hotel on about 20 acres (80,937 square meters) in east Kauai will be put on the market.The newspaper reports that developers Chad Waters and Tyler Greene of Honolulu firm GreeneWaters, LLC, did not respond to requests for comment.The newspaper says the former resort was famed for being frequented by stars including singer Elvis Presley, but fell into disrepair after being heavily damaged during Hurricane Iniki in 1992.___Information from: The Garden Island, http://thegardenisland.com/The Associated Press read more

MONTREAL — Airbus and Bombardier plan to remain strategic partners on the C Series program even after the European aerospace giant is able to buy out its minority partners, the chief executives of both companies said Friday.According to terms of the deal announced Monday, Airbus has the option to buy out Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) in about seven years, and the Quebec government in 2023.Following a joint appearance with Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare at the Montreal Board of Trade, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said that’s not the company’s plan.“We have no intention to buy out the others because we know they are great partners and if they want to stay on the journey going forward they are very welcome to that,” he told reporters.He said the priority is to close the deal next year that gives Airbus majority control, build a second assembly line in Alabama, sell more aircraft and make the program a huge success.Bellemare said the Montreal-based company also intends to remain a part of the program, but even if that should change, the agreement ensures that the program will continue to support jobs in Canada until 2041.“The best guarantee of jobs is to perform,” he said.Bellemare said Airbus’ support will assuage customers who were worried about the future of the C Series.He said the result will be many more sales that will benefit Bombardier’s Mirabel, Que., production facility even though a second assembly line will be built in Alabama.Bellemare reacted forcefully to questions about Airbus not paying any cash for the transaction.“The point is it’s not coming from dollars, it’s coming from the value that they bring to the program and that is the reason why the value of this program will more than double,” he told reporters.The aerospace executives and Premier Philippe Couillard travelled to Mirabel to speak with Bombardier employees, who gave Enders a hearty welcome.Bombardier executive chairman Pierre Beaudoin, who guided the launch of the C Series and its costly development for US$5.4 billion, said the company’s founding family isn’t in mourning over the sale of a majority stake in the program to Airbus.During a brief interview with The Canadian Press Friday in Mirabel, he said the Quebec company had found in Airbus a partner that would allow to achieve the “total success” of the program.Union representative Dave Chartrand said employees are concerned about the potential negative impact of a second production line in the U.S., but view the partnership with Airbus as the best move to secure the program’s future.“I wish Bombardier on its own could have become a third world player, could have competed with these two giants in the aerospace industry, could have sold 3,000 airplanes. But there’s a difference between your heart and your head,” he said in an interview.Earlier, Enders told business leaders that he expects Boeing won’t give up easily after launching a trade action with the U.S. government against the C Series that has resulted in 300 per cent preliminary duties on imports.“The B guys will certainly throw everything into our way they can figure so the coming months might be a little bit rough and tough but we’ve seen that before,” he said.Ultimately he said the C Series will weather the challenge and prevail, but the partnership will change the global aerospace industry.“There is no doubt we are throwing a big stone into the global aerospace industry pond and there are ripples and there will be new alliances formed as a reaction to it, new products being launched,” he said.“My philosophy is it’s much better to be proactive and throw the first stone into the pond than reacting to the initiatives of others.”Enders added that Canadians have nothing to fear from Airbus, saying the company will add to Montreal’s large aerospace cluster and provide more opportunities for local suppliers, universities and aerospace training schools.“We’re not taking anything away here,” he said, adding that he knows there are concerns by some members of the public.“If anything we will add, we will add to Canada, we will add to the success of the Canadian aerospace industry, Bombardier and suppliers and certainly we will add to the world-wide success of Airbus.”He said Airbus already has a presence in Canada, employing about 2,000 people and working with suppliers that generate about $1 billion of business.Enders said Airbus’ designation of Canada as its fifth home country opens the door to it growing its Canadian presence in the military, space and helicopter sectors of its business.Airbus’ supporters in Alabama are already lobbying in Washington to show how the partnership will create U.S. jobs.“That’s what President Trump wants. More jobs in America, so how can you be against that?”— With files from Julien Arsenault in Mirabel, Que. read more

Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya has been promoted to the rank of General by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Jayasuriya now becomes Sri Lanka’s second four star General after former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. Fonseka was stripped of his ranks in 2010 after being found guilty by an army Court Martial over various allegations.Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya is the 19th Commander of the Sri Lanka Army. He assumed office on 15th July 2009 following the end of the war. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen ratings company for April 28-May 4. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “NCIS,” CBS, 17.25 million.2. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 16.07 million.3. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 15.88 million.4. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 14.83 million.5. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 11.59 million.6. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.58 million.7. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 11.31 million.8. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million.9. “The Black List,” NBC, 10.85 million.10. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.48 million.11. “Castle,” ABC, 10.39 million.12. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 10.3 million.13. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 9.95 million.14. “Survivor,” CBS, 9.7 million.15. “The Millers,” CBS, 9.43 million.16. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 8.99 million.17. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 8.97 million.18. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 8.81 million.19. “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 8.79 million.20. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 8.77 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A list of the top 20 prime-time TV programs in the Nielsen ratings for April 28-May 4 by The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2014 2:34 pm MDT read more

first_imgArthur Sinodinos is widely expected to be the next finance minister of Australia if the Coalition is elected to government on September 7, but he may face difficulties being elected to the Senate because of the preference distribution arrangements by NSW smaller parties. Sinodinos, the long time chief of staff of former prime minister John Howard, is number three on the Senate ticket in NSW in a race against 110 other candidate from 44 different parties or Independent groups. As reported, senate preference tickets lodged with the Electoral Commission show that almost all of the smaller right wing parties in NSW are directing preferences to One Nation’s Pauline Hanson ahead of Senator Sinodinos, who now sits third on the Coalition ticket. Even though the Coalition usually has no problems wining three senate seats in NSW, the possibility of Pauline Hanson being elected ahead of Mr Sinodinos, as a result of preference distribution by the smaller parties, although highly improbable, must not be excluded. It is worth noting that in the 2010 Senate election, 29 micro-parties in NSW won 14 per cent of the vote between them. This time there will be 41 parties and along with disillusioned Labor supporters, could increase their collective vote to 20 per cent. For half senate elections the quota in order to elect a senator is 14.29 per cent. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgBarcelona defender Gerard Pique is unsure if Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde will recall star for Copa del Rey showdown with Sevilla after losing quarter-final first leg without him.Barcelona lost 2-0 to Sevilla on Wednesday night and their key men played little or no part in the defeat.Speaking after Wednesday’s defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Pique told Dailymail:FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).”First we have to play the league game against Girona and then focus on the return leg at the Camp Nou. Whether Messi plays is the decision for the coach.“In the first half we had a very clear opportunity and in the second we could have risked a little more to try and draw the match but Sevilla were better, and I congratulate them for it.“We have a very competitive squad and the coach wants us all to participate. The performance was good but they took advantage of all their chances.”last_img read more

first_imgCarnaval on the Mile returns to Miracle Mile tomorrow, March 2 and Sunday, March 3! Come to the weekend-long festival to celebrate art in all shapes and sizes. Entrance is free. More info at https://t.co/yKhHp0aFjH. @carnaval_miami pic.twitter.com/fZqsLPdLjV— Shop Coral Gables (@ShopCoralGables) March 1, 2019Carnaval on the Mile opens Saturday at 10 a.m. and runs through Sunday night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – It’s that time of year again: Carnaval on the Mile is about to kick off in Coral Gables.The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana is bringing South Florida revelers the famed festival this weekend. Miracle Mile from LeJeune to Douglas roads will be packed with beautiful art and lots of entertainment for the whole family.last_img read more

first_imgYou can see it’s mostly East Coasters who are having YouTube problems. Downdetector/Screenshot by CNET If you had troubles with YouTube or Gmail on Sunday, those issues should now be fixed.Google Cloud had been experiencing widespread problems Sunday, which wreaked havoc on YouTube, Snapchat, Gmail, Discord and a host of other popular apps and services across the eastern United States.imageYouTube wasn’t completely down for CNET’s John Falcone in Brooklyn Sunday, but some videos were inaccessible, at least temporarily. Screenshot by CNET Google pointed to “high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA, affecting multiple services in Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube.””Users may see slow performance or intermittent errors,” the company said in a statement around 2 p.m. PT. “We believe we have identified the root cause of the congestion and expect to return to normal service shortly.”Google’s status page for Cloud confirmed the company was having issues with the service as of 1 p.m. PT. The search giant marked Google’s Cloud Compute Engine and Cloud Networking services as suffering outages on its status dashboard.At about 4 p.m. PT, the status page said the network congestion issue “is resolved for the vast majority of users, and we expect a full resolution in the near future.”As of 5 p.m. PT, the Google Cloud Status Dashboard shows all services available.”The network congestion issue in eastern USA affecting Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube has been resolved for all affected users as of 4:00pm US/Pacific,” a Google spokesperson said late Sunday.”We will conduct a post mortem and make appropriate improvements to our systems to prevent this from happening again.”YouTube seemed to be working on the West Coast, with CNET reporters able to access the video streaming site just fine. A CNET editor on the East Coast, however, noted that he was encountering issues. One video, for example, was inaccessible for about 15 minutes.Google Cloud is the company’s hosting platform, similar to Amazon’s Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure. In addition to powering its own services, other companies such as Snapchat and Uber, rely on Google’s infrastructure to provide the backend for their apps and platforms.News of the outage quickly spread across social media, with #YouTubeDOWN and #snapchatdown rising to the top of Twitter’s Trending Topics section as users voiced their frustrations. Internet When half the internet is getting Thanos snapped #YouTubeDOWN— Matthew (SergeantM) (@SergeantM_YT) June 2, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Thank you for letting me know, though I’m sorry for the trouble! It looks like there might be a little hiccup with the Google Cloud server! You can keep an eye on their status page here: https://t.co/89IJWp8mRdThank you for your patience as this gets resolved!— Discord (@discordapp) June 2, 2019 2 Share your voice Hey there! A widespread Google Cloud outage is affecting access to Rocket League servers. Please stay tuned to our social media channels for any updates regarding this when Google Cloud service returns to normal.— Rocket League Help (@RL_Support) June 2, 2019 #YouTubeDOWN*snapchat goes down and everyone freaks out*“well at least things can’t get any worse”Youtube: pic.twitter.com/zT1Eg7OdQN— soph ♪♫ (@sophiavespolii) June 2, 2019 Apparently its not just YouTube and Snapchat That has gone down.#YouTubeDOWN #snapchatdown pic.twitter.com/pneVxUXGZv— Jack Scantlebury (@JackScants) June 2, 2019center_img 1:42 Where were you when Facebook went down? Downdetector.com, which monitors network issues, showed widespread issues for the East Coast of the US as well as in parts of Europe for YouTube and Gmail.Originally published at 1:20 p.m. PT.Updates, 2:25 p.m.: Adds comment from Google and background on Google Cloud; 4:30 p.m.: Adds that the congestion issue is resolved for most users; 5:50 p.m.: Adds comment from Google spokesperson. * #YouTubeDOWN & #snapchatdown *everyone: pic.twitter.com/YWe1ej6zWl— 48oz (@48ozMGMT) June 2, 2019 Other services that rely on Google Cloud for hosting also seemed to have experienced issues. Google Snapchat YouTube Comments Tagslast_img read more

first_imgTeams prepare for the 2014 Iditarod start in Fairbanks Monday morning. (Photo By Emily Schwing – APRN)Download AudioRace Update 6:30: Past Iditarod champion Martin Buser and rookie Thomas Waerner were the first in to and out of Nenana Monday afternoon. They were trailed by Michelle Phillips and Jessie Royer. Buser arrived about 3:00 p.m. He took off shortly before 3:30 p.m. Waerner was bout 30 minutes behind Buser.DeeDee Jonrowe and Aliy Zirkle left Nenana minutes apart and were trailing the leaders Monday afternoon.The first mushers started arriving in Normally Iditarod dog teams restart the race from Willow the day after the ceremonial start in Anchorage, but this year, they spent an extra day travelling north for a restart in Fairbanks.  For some teams, the trip to the start line in Fairbanks Monday wasn’t without incident.Many mushers left for Fairbanks directly from Anchorage’s Campbell airstrip following Saturday’s ceremonial start.  Curt Perano, also known as the Kiwi musher, says the combination of an unreliable dog truck and poor weather had him heading for Fairbanks immediately.“Yeah we hit a bit of a snowstorm and then Bret Sass his real wheel, so we recovered him and helped haul his dogs up here to Fairbanks, so a six hour trip became like 10 [hours],” Perano said.  “The wheels fell off the truck literally, but yeah, we made it.”Mushers take off from Fairbanks on Monday. (Photo By Emily Schwing – APRN)Brent Sass won the Yukon Quest last month.  He says a hairy trip up the Park Highway hasn’t dampened his attitude.“I feel great. I’m super stoked to get on the trail as always  it’s been kind of a bigger buildup now with the travel after the ceremonial,” he said. “The Iditarod is always a bigger build up than the Yukon Quest anyways, but yeah, I’m stoked.  I can’t wait until the say go.”But Michelle Phillips was a little nervous.  She accidentally locked, her parka, warm clothes and other gear in her truck, along with the keys.“Yeah, Murphy’s law.”Phillips, from Tagish, Yukon tried to laugh it off as she waited for a locksmith arrive. It took a few minutes, but once the truck was open, Phillips was able to concentrate. Her goal is a top ten finish this year.“You never know until you get out there and see what the race holds for you, you know. I’m just going to try to stick to my schedule, do my plan and see where that takes me,” Phillips said.Nearby, long-time Iditarod musher Ray Redington, Jr. was scrambling.  His dog truck wouldn’t start, because it wasn’t plugged in overnight. He didn’t comment, but did find a way to make it down the trail, among 78 other teams who will race for Nome over the next two weeks.last_img read more

first_imgAlthough it has businesses ranging from finance and property to media and Formula One motor racing, India’s troubled Sahara has never been very transparent on the source and use of the billions of dollars it has raised from mostly small investors.Suspicions have swirled for years that many of Sahara’s millions of investors are fictitious names.A team of officials from the Enforcement Directorate, which is responsible for fighting economic crime, last month visited Sahara headquarters in Lucknow to gather data as part of a probe into possible money laundering, said two department officials.”Since the data is huge we will take time to get the finer details,” said one of the officials, who was part of the team. Both the officials declined to be named.The Enforcement Directorate declined to comment officially to Reuters. Sahara did not respond to Reuters request for comment.In India, money laundering refers to the practice of routing money into various assets outside the country, without revealing the source to avoid taxation.Sahara has previously denied the money laundering allegations or that roughly 30 million investors in its 2008-11 financial plan — later ruled illegal by the markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) — were fictitious.It sent a convoy of 127 trucks, purportedly filled with the documents of its investors in its 2008-11 bonds scheme, to SEBI two years ago in an effort to prove that.The Supreme Court, which has ordered Sahara to return $5.4 billion to investors who put money in the 2008-11 plan, in August 2012 questioned the authenticity of Sahara’s investors in the 2008-11 plans and whether many of them were fictitious.Alluding to this suspicion, one of the judges of the Supreme Court had said: “Despite restraint, one is compelled to record, that the whole affair seems to be doubtful, dubious and questionable.”Sahara became a major financial institution, one of India’s largest employers and owner of marquee overseas assets including New York’s Plaza hotel on the back of tiny investments from farmers, street vendors and others, whose monthly income can be as low as 2,000-3,000 rupees ($30-$45) a month.Sahara’s founder Subrata Roy has spent the past 21 months in New Delhi’s Tihar jail for failing to comply with the Supreme Court’s order to pay back investors in the 2008-11 savings plan.last_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnIt has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little dull — Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.US president Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed the summit — a first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader — would take place in Singapore on 12 June.”We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” he tweeted.It followed a second visit to Pyongyang by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday to make arrangements for the summit.The Southeast Asian financial hub was likely chosen due to its neutrality, security advantages and track record of hosting international summits, observers say.The ultramodern city-state has robust security infrastructure and is widely considered one of the safest cities in Asia.It has tight restrictions over media and public gatherings, which will allow for a controlled environment likely to be preferred by the North Koreans.Singapore is also in the rare position of having friendly diplomatic ties with both Washington and Pyongyang.It considers the US a close partner, while North Korea maintains a fully functioning embassy in the city-state.Singapore and the North have a long history of cooperation — the first law firm and fast food restaurant in Pyongyang were both set up by Singaporeans — even if relations hit a snag last year when Singapore enforced new UN sanctions on trade.Singapore will also be an acceptable choice to China, North Korea’s only major ally, which wields a strong influence despite its physical absence from next month’s proceedings.”As a neutral, and objective country with much-admired consistent foreign policy principles and a small state with no desire or capacity to harm other states and their interests, Singapore fits that bill well,” said Lim Tai Wei, adjunct research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s East Asia Institute.- ‘No baggage’ -By apparently agreeing to meet Trump 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles) away from Pyongyang, Kim has to travel a significant distance out of his comfort zone, said Graham Ong-Webb, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).Since Kim took over as leader, he has rarely left his isolated nation and has only officially ventured away from home this year, with two visits to China, most recently travelling to the northeastern port city of Dalian where he met Xi.He also stepped across the border into South Korea during a historic meeting with President Moon Jae-in in April, making him the first Northern leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War ceasefire in 1953.Remarkable images of the two leaders greeting each other warmly over the Military Demarcation Line that splits their countries, rich with symbolism and high political theatre, were broadcast around the world.Trump had previously suggested that the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas could be a venue for his meeting with Kim, before ruling it out on Wednesday.Nearby Mongolia was also ruled out as a possible neutral third-country venue, reportedly for security reasons.But for Trump and Kim, Singapore is a convenient venue precisely because it “doesn’t have the historical or political baggage,” said Sarah Teo, an associate research fellow at RSIS’s regional security architecture programme.Singapore also has a track record for hosting international summits.In 2015, the city-state played host to a historic meeting between China’s president Xi Jinping and then Taiwanese president Ma Ying Jeou.It hosts the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a defence forum regularly attended by heads of state, defence ministers and high level military officials.Now the venue and date have been chosen, it only remains to be seen if Singapore will play host to a meeting that truly builds on hopes for the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula and a formal peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War.last_img read more

first_img Today in San Francisco, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference was all about the company’s upcoming software: iOS 8 for mobile and OS X Yosemite for PCs.Both platforms have been improved to work more seamlessly, through the cloud, in order to make virtually all media available across all of a users’ devices. Here’s what you’ll want to know about each, plus some important details for iOS developers.OS X Yosemite: Apple has further tweaked the OS X motif to mirror the redesign introduced with iOS 7 with new, flatter icons and subtle color adjustments based on desktop image or windows behind it. Users accustomed to Mavericks or Mountain Lion should be comfortable with Yosemite which includes new features such as the ability to search across contacts, documents, the web and calendar events from Spotlight — which appears to also use geolocation to bring users relevant local information.Apple’s answer to Dropbox and Google Drive is iCloud Drive. It allows users to access all documents across devices from within the finder. With it comes MailDrop, a new feature that will allow users to send larger files that recipients might normally be able to handle by creating a secure link and storing it in the cloud, instead of bouncing the email back to the sender.Related: What’s That Song? Apple’s iOS 8 May Be Able to Tell You.On Yosemite, AirDrop will work between iOS and Mac with a new feature called Handoff. A new lock screen on the iPad lets users continue work they were doing on a PC on a mobile device simply by swiping. Users will also be able to setup hotspots on their phone from their computer.Syncing an iPhone to a Mac will also allow users to answer text messages and even phone calls from their computer, using their Mac as a speakerphone. The feature also lets users make calls from a computer, even if their iPhone is in another room.iOS 8: Apple’s new mobile operating system will build upon iOS 7 in terms of feel and functionality but with some new features. In iOS 8, users will be able to reply directly to a message or comment or Like something on Facebook straight from the notification center or the lock screen and doubletap the home button to see recent contacts in the task switcher. Other upgrades include a new tab view in Safari for iPad and new gestures for organization in the Mail app.Group messaging now allows users to name threads or remove people from the conversation. Messages will also include “Do not disturb” and “leave thread” features.Messages will also allow users to record audio or video by tapping on the text box. It also includes a Snapchat-like self-destruct feature.Spotlight for iOS, a tool that OS X has had for a while, lets users search for apps, points of interest, news, songs the web and iTunes. It’s like Siri but without a voice.Siri itself has been updated to make purchases from the App Store and recognize songs via Shazam.Apple also seems to be updating its predictive text feature with QuickType, which “supports predictive suggestions” by guessing the word a user is trying to type and learning from their typing habits.Related: Should You Buy an iPhone 5S Now or Wait For the iPhone 6?With iOS 8 is the introduction of Healthkit, a centralized place to see health info that will allow healthcare providers to send and receive data on patient devices.Also new is HomeKit for home automation. Apple is partnering with home appliance companies to integrate locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs and switches into the iOS environment. The new automated controls will feature secure pairing, control for individual devices, allow grouping of devices for families and include Siri integration.New family sharing features allows families to automatically share photos, calendars and reminders and their locations. Families can also share purchases; for instance if a child wants to purchase an app on his phone, he can send a request to buy the app through the App Store and permission can be approved from an adult’s device.iOS 8 will also support Extensibility, the ability for apps to offer services to other apps. For instance users could use their photo filters from VSCO inside of the native photos app. The new iOS will also support widgets for the notification center and inside of Safari, similar to extension in Chrome.Apple is also allowing users to import third-party keyboards and opening Touch ID to developers.Developers: Apple is introducing a new programming language called Swift that can co-exist with C and Objective-C but allows developers to build and run their code immediately.Game developers in particular will welcome the new Metal graphics booster and SpriteKit and SceneKit for developing casual games.iOS 8 and Yosemite are both available to developers today and will be released to the public for free this fall.Related: Here’s How to Quit the iPhone and Switch to an Android Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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first_img To promote a new service for hearing-impaired customers in Turkey, Samsung has knocked it out of the park with an agonizingly beautiful viral video that has now been viewed over 9 million times across YouTube and on the advertising website Digital Synopsis.The theme of the ad is “a world without barriers” — which is precisely what the tech giant is aiming for with its new video call center in Turkey called Duyan Eller (or ‘Hearing Hands.’) Staffed with representatives who know sign language, the call center allows hearing-impaired customers to ask questions about Samsung’s products and services, according to The Huffington Post.Samsung’s spot focuses on a young Turkish man with a hearing impairment named Muharrem. As he goes about his day, strangers suddenly begin to approach him using sign language — including passersby on the street, a cashier at a local bakery and even the taxi driver who chauffeurs him into town, where friends and family have gathered for the big reveal.Related: Samsung Just Gave the Disabled a Way to Click a Mouse With Their EyesThe Samsung team, in collaboration with ad agency Leo Burnett, prepped for a month in order to carry out the heartrending ruse. Cameras were hidden in grapefruits and backpacks, participants were schooled in sign language and Murrahem’s sister served as point person on the scene.See for yourself what “one day with no barriers” looks like in the masterful ad below:Related: A Device That Interprets Sign Language Is Now Being Crowdfunded March 12, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

first_img11 airports across the country have set new records for domestic travel delays this year, including Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin and the Gold Coast. Qantas has had the most cancellations this year, registering an average of 2 percent per month. New research has revealed Alice Springs and Port Macquarie to be the worst airports in terms of flight delays in Australia, while others have set records for postponements in 2013. “Flights can often depart on-time but arrive late into Alice Springs… these delays can have a knock on effect to aircraft departing too,” a Qantas spokesperson said. An exclusive analysis conducted by News Corp Australia based on data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, has revealed the worst delay offenders, according to the Sun Herald. 43 percent of flights from Alice Springs have been delayed or cancelled between January and September 2013, while 31 percent of arrivals to Port Macquarie fell under the same guise. Alice Springs, Launceston, Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Sunshine Coast were the top five worst performing airports for departures; while Albury, Brisbane, Coffs Harbour and Wagga Wagga were worst for arrivals between January and September 2013. Jetstar logged the poorest average (25 percent) for departures delayed each month in 2013 and Tigerair was considered the worst when it came to arrivals (26 percent) delayed. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

first_imgThe 64th Annual Convention of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), ‘India Travel Congress’ is all set to be held from August 18-20, 2017 at The Intercontinental Kunming in the Yunnan province of the People’s Republic of China. The final decision in this regard was made by the TAAI Managing Committee.Commenting on this development, Marzban Antia, Vice President, TAAI, said, “The 64th Convention & Exhibition of TAAI will focus on the vision, ‘Discovery as an important option’. The Convention is being hosted by the Yunnan Government of the People’s Republic of China. The event is being coordinated by MFITS (Mao Fa International Travel Services). It is a unit of Service Bureau of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China.”Elaborating on the Convention, Antia said that its endeavour is to ensure members of the trade ‘discover’ newer options to promote and sell to their clients. “Kunming being only a 2-hour flight from Kolkata is a destination worth promoting among Indian travellers,” he said.Talking about China as the Host Country for the Convention, Bettaiah Lokesh, Secretary General, TAAI, said, “Today, China leads the world as far as tourism is concerned with 120 million outbound visitors, and consistently growing inbound travellers. Therefore, it is an apt time for TAAI to bring its Convention to China and also for the industry to focus on this market.”The registration process for the Convention began on July 5 and would close on July 20. “On August 18, we will begin the India Travel & Trade Expo, the B2B networking platform and officially inaugurate the Convention. The second and third day will include knowledge sessions on issues pertaining to the industry along with the India Travel & Trade Expo. We have proposed to organise pre and post Convention tours to Shangri-La, Li-Jiang, Dali City and Puzhehei,” stated Jay Bhatia, Hon. National Treasurer, TAAI.”last_img read more